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When Captain Willard first meets Colonel Kilgore, they exchange salutes while they are still in a combat zone. It is usually military protocol not to salute in a combat zone. Saluting would show a possible sniper who the commanding officer is. (e.g. in Forrest Gump (1994) Lt. Dan correctly instructed Gump and Bubba not to salute him in the field.)
When Willard is first shown a photo of Col. Kurtz the name tag on his uniform reads "Leighley". When Willard looks at the photo a second time, the name tag reads "Kurtz". (This is due to the fact the character's name was changed from Kurtz to Leighley and then back to Kurtz during the film's production after scenes using the Leighley name had already been shot.)
In addition to Willard's Band aid on his cheek appearing out of nowhere, if you watch the laceration on his cheek, it is more healed early in the movie, and more raw later in the movie. Indeed, Martin Sheen has a scar at that location at the beginning of the movie in the hotel or apartment when the movie opens.
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"One of the officers who briefs Capt Willard on his mission to find Col Kurtz is a full colonel named Lucas (Harrison Ford). At about 35 years of age, Lucas/Ford would have been too young to have held such a high rank during the Vietnam War (although this did happen in World War II)." Since we do not know Lucas's age and given that his career would have spanned two wars (Korea and Vietnam) in which promotions are accelerated, it's entirely possible that a man in his late 30s would achieve the rank of colonel.
In the Redux version, there is a scene where Capt Willard is walking through a heavy downpour at the Playmate/Medevac helicopter site. His M16 is slung over his shoulder with the muzzle pointing upward. This allows rain to enter the rifle's mechanism, resulting in rust and and eventual jamming. Real combat troops carry their rifles with the muzzles down while in the rain to prevent this from happening.
On the cover letter to Kurtz's dossier package, it is indicated he graduated West Point in 1946; 49-50 he was attending Harvard (completing his Masters degree); 50-51 he was assigned in Seoul, and 52-53 he was assigned to West Point ("..Teaches courses in American..."). However, on the last page that we see in the dossier (the form sheet, with the Dept. of Defense seal as the watermark) it is listed that he was at West Point 1941-45, and at Oxford University 50-52.
Before the Playboy/USO show where the crew is trying buy fuel from the quartermaster, the Playmate centerfolds hanging on the wall behind him are from the mid '70s, rather than the late '60s. The centerfold on the far right is Cynthia Wood, 1974 Playmate of the Year, who soon appears in the film during the USO show.